Psalm 124:1-8

R. Our help is in the name of the Lord. 

Had not the LORD been with us,
let Israel say, had not the LORD been with us?
When men rose up against us,
then would they have swallowed us alive;
When their fury was inflamed against us. 

R. Our help is in the name of the Lord. 

Then would the waters have overwhelmed us;
The torrent would have swept over us;
over us then would have swept the raging waters.
Blessed be the LORD, who did not leave us
a prey to their teeth. 

R. Our help is in the name of the Lord. 

We were rescued like a bird
from the fowlers' snare;
Broken was the snare,
and we were freed.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth. 

R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Carpool seems to be flowing well with the new trial route. Please continue to follow the driections of the school personnel as we try this new experiment. We thank you for your cooperation and patience. Just as a heads up - another afternoon funeral is scheduled for Friday. 

The presentation given last Thursday by the Attorney General's office was excellent. We were very disappointed with the turnout, but those who did attend gained a wealth of important information concerning web safety.

Please continue efforts to sell the chances for the Saints – Giants Football game. The tickets are valued at face for $300.00 and are in a suite. There are great prizes for the three students who are the highest in sales.

Renovations to the playground are complete. The result is a much larger play area for the children. They seem to be enjoying the extra play space.

Final report cards for the first nine weeks are being distributed on Wednesday.

We look forward to the Fall Fest on Friday. The weather should be great. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Wednesday, October 19
Report Cards
Field Trip - 8th Grade

Thursday, October 20
Penance Prayer Service - Grades 3-4-5
STA Open House 6-8:30 for 7th-11th Parents & Students

Friday, October 21
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress (or Fall Fest shirts)
Fall Fest - PreK-4th & 8th Grades
Field Trip - 5-6-7th Grades

Monday-Friday, October 24-28
Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, October 25
Meeting for PreK & K Parents @ 4:00 in Cafeteria

Wednesday, October 26
Hobby Day

Thursday, October 27
Pictures Retakes (in uniforms)
Reconciliation - 4th Grade

Friday, October 28
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress (or Fall Fest shirts)
Crusaders Announced
Red Ribbon Week Pep Rally @ 1:00 

Tuesday, November 1
All Saints Day - Mass @ 8:30. All are invited to attend.

Wednesday, November 2
Advisory Council Meeting @ 6:30

Thursday, November 3
Reconciliation Grade 5
Home & School Association Meeting @ 6:30 in the Gym

Friday, November 4
Spirit Dress

See more plans for the year at Calendar

Fall Fest Is Friday

The 2011 Fall Fest is quickly approaching!

It will be held on Friday, October 21, from noon until 2:00 p.m.

We ask that everyone bring in one of the following:
* bottled waters
* juice pack
* home-made treats (example: brownies, cookies, cupcakes, rice crispy treats, muffins, etc.)
Please send items in the week of the festival (10/17-10/21). Treats need to be covered or in Ziplock bags.

8th Grade has the privilege of hosting the games for students in Grades Pre-K through 4th.

5th-7th Grades will going on a field trip (permission slip sent home on 10-6-11).

Pre-K-4th Grades will have games with prizes, face painting, and several inflatables set up in the gym. We will be selling armbands which wwill include unlimited game play and four (4) tickets for refreshments.
The armbands will be presold for $10 through October 14.
* It is easier for everyone if the students can get their armbands in the classroom prior to the festival. The presold armbands also allow the students to have more time to play.
* If you wait until the day of the festival, we will have a table set up selling armbands for $12.
* Tickets for additional refreshments will also be available for 25 cents each.

Hobby Day

If you or your student are interested in participating for Hobby Day this year, please call the school office at 985-386-6421 and leave a number for Ms Mims to return your call.

You can also email your interest to her at

Hobby Day will be October 26th, from 9:00-11:00am. We will have tables set in the gym for the students to rotate around for a 5-10 minute presentation of each hobby.

If you have a suggestion or request for someone other than yourself, feel free to let us know.

Love Those Saints!

We at St. Joseph have been given an exciting opportunity to raffle off two Saints - Club Level - Monday Night Football tickets!

We are asking that our student body get involved by selling ten raffle tickets at $5 each. Of course there will be exciting prizes for the top individual sellers and the classes that sell the most.

The raffle tickets were sent home October 5.

The turn-in date for tickets and all money is November 10.

The prizes for the top three sellers are:

1st place - 8x10 autographed picture of Drew Brees
2nd place - Lance Moore autographed Saints jersey
3rd prize - Jon Vilma autographed mini helmet.

In addition to these individual prizes, we will be awarding a pizza party to the classes that sell the most tickets.

If you'd like to sell more tickets than what is sent home, please contact the school office

The Book Fair Is Coming!

The countdown has begun, and we need volunteers to help launch our most successful Book Fair ever! Our school is conducting an out-of-this-world Fair to encourage reading and raise funds to purchase new books for our library.

A schedule of class attendance at the book fair was sent home today.

This year we have a new and easy way to volunteer!

Find the time you would like to help using the schedule on the back of this flyer.
Go to www.
Click on the I’ll be there button for the coordinating time.
Type in your information and confirm.
For additional information contact Jeri Carroll at

Young Chefs' Academy

Marley Bohning in shows the pizza she made during a recent field trip taken by the fifth grade classes to Young Chefs' Academy. 

Instructors at the Academy demonstrated to the students the real-life applicaiton of practical mathematics, specifically in the area of cooking.

Check out all of the pictures from the field trip in the Photo Albums section of this website.

Title I Parent Center Parent Activities

Title I Parent Center Parent Activities


Individual consultations are given daily to parents seeking guidance in improving their children’s academic skills.

Call 985-429-9043 for more information. Limited seating in computer lab sessions. 

October 21 9:00 – 11:00
Technology Dept. Lab
Learn to Use Parent Command Center
Learn to Use Parent Resources
Hammond Jr. High
Technology Resource Teacher

October 28 9:00 – 11:00
Harcourt Math and Reading Resources
Tech. Dept. Lab
Hammond Jr. High
Technology Resource Teacher

November 4 9:00 – 10:00
Helping the Troubled Reader
Hammond Parent Center
Resource Teacher

November 11 9:00 – 10:30
Parenting the Child With ADHD
Hammond Parent Center
Families Helping Families

December 9 9:00 – 11:00
Internet Basics Part 2 – Cut, Copy & Paste
Technology Dept. Lab
Technology Resource Teacher
Hammond Jr. High

December 16 9:00 – 11:00
Technology Dept. Lab
Technology Resource Teacher
Hammond Jr. High

Community News

PHS Wavette Dance Clinic
Saturday, October 29
Registration @ 8:45 in gym lobby at PHS
Price is $25
This clinic is for students in grades K-8th.
Registration forms available in the SJS office.

Hannan Golf Classic
at Covington Country Club
Saturday, October 21
For more information contact Deanna Hollander at 845-9722 or
For more information contact Jill Hogan at the school office 249-6363.

Parish News

Rev. John Dominic Sims, O.P. - Pastor
Rev. Cayet Mangiaracina, O.P. - Parochial Vicar
Rev. J.D. Logan, O.P. - In Residence
Larry J. Melcanon - Deacon

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil Mass - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Mass - 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m.

Contact Information
Address - 255 North 8th Street (P.O. Box 368), Ponchatoula, LA 70454
Phone - 985.386.3749

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